Driftless Region Healthy Forests Workshop


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September 26 Workshop Focuses on Healthy Forests

A landowner workshop is being offered on Saturday, September 26 in Crawford County, Wisconsin to explore some of the reasons behind the decline of ruffed grouse and other wildlife species in the Driftless Region.

The free event, co-sponsored by the Ruffed Grouse Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kickapoo Woods Cooperative, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will take place at the Tim and Linda Eisele property near Seneca in western Crawford County, WI.

The event is free, but individuals interested in attending are asked to pre-register by September 18.  Contact Scott Walter at ScottW@ruffedgrousesociety.org or phone (608) 538-3840 to pre-register.  Please provide your contact information (e-mail or phone) so that you can be provided directions to Tim and Linda’s property.

Many local residents are aware of how local wildlife populations have decreased, or sometimes increased, through time.   Ruffed grouse, for example, were commonly hunted in southwest Wisconsin as recently as the 1990s, but they have declined throughout the Driftless Region to the point where sightings are now noteworthy.

The workshop will explore the reasons behind such changes, and offer insight into management practices that landowners can use to help maintain and restore a diverse forest wildlife community.  These practices provide habitat for grouse and other species adapted to young forests.

The free workshop will include informational presentations in the morning, a complimentary lunch, and a short hike in the afternoon that will showcase how the landowners are working to manage their land to provide abundant and diverse wildlife habitats.

Healthy Forest - Wisconsin aspen and conifer regeneration

Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include discussions of the history of forest management in the Driftless Region in general and the Eisele property in particular, an overview of forest wildlife habitat management with an emphasis on aspen and oak regeneration, and a brief presentation on the tax implications of forest land ownership.

“Tim and Linda Eisele have owned this beautiful piece of land for over two decades, and have been extremely active in managing the land for wildlife,” said Scott Walter, RGS Western Great Lakes regional wildlife biologist.

During the afternoon a short two-hour hike on a woodland trail will give participants an opportunity to see what practices the Eiseles have engaged in, including efforts to regenerate oak and aspen, shrub plantings, and a beautiful prairie restoration.

This workshop will help landowners understand what they can do to help promote wildlife diversity of native species such as ruffed grouse.  Information will include cost-sharing and other assistance available to landowners, to help them achieve their land management goals.

For more information, contact Scott Walter at (608)-538-3840 or e-mail scottw@ruffedgrousesociety.org.

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Mission Statement

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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